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Muskegon Police Department
Tuesday August 18th, 2015 :: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Advisory

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

* HIGH WAVE ACTION... STRONG CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* LOCATION...BEACHES FROM ST. JOSEPH TO MANISTEE.

BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY INCLUDE...

SOUTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN... GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK... PERE
MARQUETTE PARK IN MUSKEGON.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...WAVES OF 3 TO 5 FEET WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON WILL BUILD TO 5 TO 9 FEET INTO THURSDAY MORNING. THESE
WAVES WILL POSE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION TO ANYONE ENTERING
THE WATER ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

HIGH WAVE ACTION MAKES SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND CAN TIRE EVEN A
STRONG SWIMMER QUICKLY.

STRUCTURAL CURRENTS FORM ALONG PIERS WHERE LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND
WAVE ACTION FLOW INTO THE STRUCTURE. STRUCTURAL CURRENTS CAN
SWEEP YOU OUT INTO DEEPER WATER ALONG THE PIER STRUCTURE.

A LONGSHORE CURRENT IS A LAKE CURRENT THAT MOVES PARALLEL TO
SHORE. LONGSHORE CURRENTS CAN BE STRONG ENOUGH TO PREVENT
SWIMMERS FROM BEING ABLE TO KEEP THEIR FEET ON THE BOTTOM...
MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO RETURN TO SHORE.

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN
SANDBARS. RIP CURRENTS CAN SWEEP YOU INTO DEEPER WATER.

Address/Location
Muskegon Police Department
980 Jefferson Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-724-6750

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